Mayfield Fellows Program

An immersive entrepreneurship work/study program for Stanford undergraduates and co-term students.

The Mayfield Fellows Program (MFP) offers an unparalleled opportunity for students to develop theoretical understanding, practical knowledge and leadership skills needed for starting and growing technology companies. Each year 12 students are selected to participate in this nine-month program, combining a sequence of courses, mentoring and networking activities, and a paid internship at a Silicon Valley startup.

2016 Mayfield Fellows

Hisham Al-Falih

Mechanical Engineering
Hisham Al-Falih

Maneesh Apte

Computer Science
Maneesh Apte

Jordan Burgess

Human Biology
Jordan Burgess

Emily Carrolo

Management Science and Engineering/Mathematics
Emily Carrolo

Matthew Chen

Computer Science
Matthew Chen

Monica Chin

Bioengineering
Monica Chin

Annie Dillon

Earth Systems
Annie Dillon

Jade Fernandez

Product Design/Mechanical Engineering
Jade Fernandez

Ashley Hammerbacher

Bioengineering/Environmental Engineering
Ashley Hammerbacher

Liam Kinney

Computer Science/Classics
Liam Kinney

Ben Limonchik

Computer Science
Ben Limonchik

Chase Porter

Product Design/Computer Science
Chase Porter

Year-At-A-Glance

Spring

ENGR 140A: Leadership of Technology Ventures
Learn skills of product and market strategy, financing and cash flow management, team building, leadership and growth management.

Summer

ENGR 140B: Leadership of Technology Ventures + Internship
Complete a startup internship, keep a journal of the experience, and meet with other members of the cohort to advance learning and share experiences.

Autumn

ENGR 140C: Leadership of Technology Ventures
Develop integrative project reports and teach living case studies on your experience to the other Fellows, faculty, and members of the community.

To view the course curriculum, visit the e140 course site.

Faculty

Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig

Tom Byers

Program Info and Application

MFP provides a select group of Stanford students with a comprehensive entrepreneurship education in the key principles of leadership, innovation, strategy and creativity. The program runs from April to December, and includes a sequence of courses on the management of technology ventures, as well as a world-class paid internship opportunity during the summer.

Throughout the program, students also learn directly from other engineering faculty, startup founders, and venture capitalists from the community.

Enrollment is limited to a dozen outstanding Stanford undergraduate or co-term students from any discipline or major. The application period runs from early January through early February, and new Mayfield Fellows are announced in March.

Students who apply will be asked to provide a transcript, resume/CV, a minimum of two letters of recommendation, as well as thoughtful responses to prompt questions.

Please email Nikkie Salgado with any questions about applying to the Mayfield Fellows Program.

The application for the 2016 Mayfield Fellows Program is now closed.

Alumni

View over 200 Mayfield Fellows Program alumni.

Employer Info and Application

Mayfield Fellows take paid internships with innovative early-stage companies during the summer session, allowing each Fellow to demonstrate his or her innovation, analytic and design skills on high-impact projects. As part of the internship experience, we require each Fellow to be assigned a senior level mentor within the company (e.g., CEO, VP, or founder).

Although another employee may supervise a Fellow, it is critical that each Fellow have a senior internal sponsor concerned with his or her welfare, and who is willing to meet one-on-one with the student to check progress and goals. Participating companies pay Fellows during the summer internship for three months of work. The exact amount is negotiated directly with the Fellow.

Participating companies also participate in MFP-sponsored activities during the program. For example, each company hosts a summer open house for the other Fellows in the cohort, and during autumn quarter, employers may participate as guest speakers or case participants in the course.

In all aspects of these activities, STVP protects the intellectual property of companies in a professional manner. Our mission is to expose Stanford students to the reality of the entrepreneurial process in a variety of high technology ventures, not to put participating companies at risk.In order to qualify as a mentor company for the Mayfield Fellows Program, your company must:

  • be located in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • be in a high-potential, growth-oriented business
  • be at an early growth stage (either pre-IPO or public in past three years)
  • have fewer than 250 employees and revenue < $100 million/year

Interested companies may apply by completing the short online application, which will be available through early June. Companies that apply to be MFP employers are not guaranteed to have their offers of employment accepted by a Fellow.